How do I choose the right college?
Topic: College application letter of interest
May 22, 2019 / By Jerry Question:
I'm looking for the right college for me. I'm not sure if going out-of-state is best or staying in-state is the better choice. Does the name of the school really matter?
Best Answers: How do I choose the right college?
Flore | 1 day ago
Unless it's very important to you, I'd recommend staying in-state. You'll pay less and you'll get to come home and see your family and old friends more (which right now may not seem like such a big deal, but it'll matter).
Trying to find the right college can take a lot of work. You really need to go online and look at a bunch (and I mean dozens) of schools. Look at the price, look at the extra curriculars (do they have clubs, sports, and activities that fit your interest), look at the programs they offer (do they have what you want to study), look at the school credentials (is it a good education?), look at the location, pictures of the campus, etc. Gather up all this information and sit down and come up with the list of schools you'd like to apply to. Now you want to apply to many schools, but also remember that each school will have an application fee so it can get pricey. The key is to apply to at least a few schools that you really want to go to and have a good shot of getting in. Once you've applied, then you wait for the acceptance letters. Before deciding which school to go to, you also need to visit the campus and get a feel for the school. Going to see the school and talking to actual students there often is what sells you on a particular college. But as this can be difficult to find the time and/or money to go, it's best to only visit a limited number of schools, or your "top picks."
Utilize the resources that are out there. Go speak to your school counselor or if the college/career counselor if your school offers one. They can be an invaluable resource for the whole process. Also check out resources online, such as Fastweb.
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Loren Pope's little book, "Colleges That Change Lives" offers some valuable advice in my opinion. Whether or not you like any of the 40 schools he profiles, his views on the whole subject are worth reading. Here's a page from his website to give you a taste of it, but the book is a lot better.
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Research is the key. Without proper research you'll be stuck in a place you don't want to be. First off you need to figure out what direction you want to start your education off in. Once you conclude that, research some information on schools that specialize in your field of interest. Here is a link to help you find some college info.
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Originally Answered: How do you choose the right college?
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